In-Depth Analysis of the COVID-19 Impact on Global Air Filter Media Market- Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™


The global air filter media market size is projected to grow from USD 710 million in 2020 to USD 738 million by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.9% during the forecast period. Factors governing the air filter media market include growing industrialization and urbanization in the APAC region, the necessity for a safe working environment at production sites and the growing demand for respiratory devices and face masks to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. 

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Based on end-use industry, the food & beverage industry is expected to lead the air filter media market during the forecast period. The use of air filter media in this industry is increasing to maintain better food quality, control odor & humidity and minimize airborne contamination to food & beverage. The advent of Covid-19 pandemic has also seen demand shift due to the lockdown as restaurant traffic has decreased and e-commerce deliveries increased.

Based on type, the nonwoven fabrics segment is expected to register the highest CAGR between 2020 and 2021. The use of nonwoven fabrics in air filter media is increasing due to their high strength, absorbency, resilience, resistance to mechanical deformation, and elasticity due to which they are used in major industries such as automotive, agriculture, engineering and pharmaceutical. In addition, the increasing demand from the healthcare sector for finding solutions for limiting the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, in also driving the market for nonwoven fabrics.

Air filter media are used in industries such as food & beverage, metal & mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, power generation and others. Companies such as Ahlstrom-Munksjo (Finland), Lydall, Inc. (US), Valmet (Finland), 3M (US), Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (Germany) and Camfil (Sweden) are some of the leading air filter media market players. These players focused on developing new technologies and partnerships to fight against the impact of Covid-19 on a global level. They also helped in the production of face masks. 

Ahlstrom-Munksjo is one of the major producers and suppliers of sustainable and innovative fiber solutions in the world. The company produces fiber-based products filters, décor papers, release liners, non-woven fabrics, abrasive backings, food packaging & labeling, tape and medical fiber materials for medical diagnostics globally. The company’s mission is to incorporate fiber-based solutions for sustainable everyday life. On January 2020, Alhstrom-Munksjo increased the production of healthcare and medical-related products in an effort to safeguard end-users in fight against the pandemic. The company showcased broad offering of face masks like a civil face mask, surgical face mask, and respiratory face mask for different purposes. 

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Lydall is one of the leaders in filtration media market. The company has global manufacturing operations and produces specialty engineered products for thermal & acoustical and filtration & separation markets. The company offers microfiber glass filter media, polypropylene fibers, synthetic composite and blend of polyester and cellulose fibers for application in life science, fluid power, food & beverage production, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and filtration of metals and fines from coolants in metal working and other application. On July 2020, Lydall signed a USD 13.5 million contract with US Department of Defense for increasing domestic capacity of meltblown filtration media required in production of N95 respirators and surgical masks. The company added two new meltdown filtration media production lines in Rochester plant, to support this demand increase.

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